David A. Pope was appointed the director of the Case Western Reserve University Camerata Orchestra 2015. In addition, Dr. Pope serves as the Director of Orchestras at Elyria High School and Northwood Middle School where he teaches 6th–12th grade orchestra students and the Elyria Fiddlers. He is also a senior conductor and co-director of Florida State University’s Summer String Orchestra Camp. As an active adjudicator and clinician, he has conducted numerous all-state orchestras, regional honor orchestras, and served as a guest clinician for various orchestra programs throughout the United States.
Dr. Pope received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, master’s degree from the University of South Carolina, and Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University. Previously, Dr. Pope directed orchestras at Manatee High School (FL) and in the Maryville City Schools (TN). He also served as the Associate Conductor of the Sarasota Youth Orchestras, the Executive Director of the Tallahassee Youth Orchestras, an instructor for the VanderCook College of Music, and on the orchestral librarian staffs at the Aspen Summer Music Festival and Spoleto Music Festival USA.
Dr. Pope has presented string pedagogy clinics and his research at state, regional, and national conferences. His research has also been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, String Research Journal, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, and Florida Music Director. He currently serves as a reviewer for Research Perspectives in Music Education and the String Research Journal.
Dr. Pope has served on the Florida Orchestra Association’s Executive Board and been a leader in the American String Teachers Association by serving as the President of the Florida State University ASTA chapter and on the Tennessee Board of Directors. Dr. Pope received the Distinguished Music Educator Award (2015) from the Yale Symposium for Music in Schools and was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Music Educator Award (2009) for the state of Tennessee.
Classes: Camerata Orchestra, Director
Degree: PhD Music Education Florida State University
Specialty: Music Education